Dustin Johnson has been suspended from the PGA Tour for six months following a positive test for cocaine, Golf.com reported Friday. Johnson, 30, announced Thursday that he would take an indefinite leave from the PGA Tour for personal reasons and there were rumors after his announcement that he was dealing with substance abuse issues.
According to the report, Johnson has failed three drug tests while on tour: one for marijuana in 2009 and two for cocaine in 2012 and 2014.
Johnson’s statement Thursday read: “I am taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately. I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced. By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion. I respectfully ask for privacy as I embark upon this mission of self-improvement.”
Johnson, who withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational earlier this week, is currently fifth in the points list, although he missed the cut at the Canadian Open last week.